We were in Glasgow last night for one of only two shows we’re going to at this year’s Celtic Connections festival (the twenty-fifth year now.)
Diane Garisto was one of Laura Nyro’s trio of backing vocalists through the nineties – in fact, I saw her in 1994 with Laura at her show in London. She has also toured with Steely Dan and sings on Paul Simon’s Graceland album. She now fronts this project which is dedicated to Laura’s music and spirit. (There is a website for Stoned Soul Picnic which is well worth a look.)
Great band playing a selection of Laura classics, mostly from the earlier part of her career. Guests joining Diane and the band were Shawn Colvin, who’s playing her own headline show at the festival tonight, and Karen Matheson – Colvin also did a solo rendition of “Save the Country.”
It had been rumoured that Paul Buchanan was going to sing; that was incorrect, but he was around.
A mutual friend has told me to say hello to Diane, so I did…a charming lady.